Rahul Gandhi on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “looting public money” during the pandemic while waiving loans of his “two friends” – a reference to two prominent businessmen in the country. At a rally in Sivasagar in Assam, where assembly elections are due in March-April, the Congress leader also promised a Congress government would never implement the Centre’s controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
Targeting Modi, Gandhi repeated his “hum do, hamare do” jibe, and said: “Hum do, humare do, Assam ke liye aur do, aur sab kuch loot lo.”
In his speech, Gandhi vowed to protect the principle of Assam Accord – the agreement signed between representatives of the government and the leaders of the Assam Movement in 1985 – if given a chance to form government in the state. “The Assam Accord has brought peace and it is the protector of the state. I and my party workers will protect each principle of the Accord. There will not be a single deviation from it,” he said.
He also claimed the Congress united people of Assam. “Earlier there was no surety whether one would return home from public meetings due to violence. It was the Congress that united Assam,” he said.
Gandhi accused the BJP and RSS of trying to divide Assam and promised that a Congress government would never implement the CAA. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Union Home Minister Amit Shah will not be affected by it [the CAA], but Assam and rest of India will be affected,” he said.